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Romeo and Juliet. Forbidden Love and Family Loyalty. The Globe Theater. Who is William Shakespeare?. Who is William Shakespeare?. Born in 1564 to John and Mary Arden Shakespeare 1582: Married to Anne

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romeo and juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Forbidden Love and Family Loyalty

who is william shakespeare

The Globe Theater

Who is William Shakespeare?

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Who is William Shakespeare?

Born in 1564 to John and Mary Arden Shakespeare

1582: Married to Anne

1583: Birth of Daughter Susanna

1585: Birth of twins: Judith and Hamnet

1587-1592: Established in London as actor/playwright; first work Comedy of Errors

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Who is William Shakespeare?

1593: Begins writing sonnets (until 1597-ish)

1594-1596: Some more famous plays Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Night’s Dream

1597-1608: Best known plays including the rest of the tragedies

1599: The Globe Theatre built

1609: Publication of the Sonnets

April 23, 1616: Shakespeare dies

his works

His Works


The Sonnets

The Rape of Lucrece


Tragedies: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth

Comedies: Much Ado About Nothing

Histories: Richard III, Henry V

the time period

The Time Period

Elizabethan Era

The Renaissance

Actors were men only

Men even played female


Plays were one of the main source of entertainment

tragic hero


Qualities of a Tragic Hero:

Possesses high importance or rank

Exhibits extraordinary talents

Displays a tragic flaw—an error in judgment or defect in character—that leads to downfall

Faces downfall with courage and dignity

act i vocabulary words

Act I Vocabulary Words

adversary –opponent; enemy

boisterous – noisily jolly or rowdy

nuptial – having to do with marriage or a marriage ceremony

augmenting – adding to

warrant – swear

begot - born

shakespearian words act i

Shakespearian WordsAct I

dog – a man of low standing in society, no one wants anything to do with him

maidenhead - virginity

bite my thumb – the ultimate insult (like giving someone the finger)

shrift - confession

coz - nephew

blank verse


Written like poetry

But tells a story

More free-flowing rules

doesn’t have a rhyme scheme or set number of lines, etc.

Iambic Pentameter

iambic pentameter

Iambic Pentameter

Lines have a rhythm to them

10 syllables

Pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables


But SOFT! what LIGHT through YON der WIN dow BREAKS?

soliloquy and aside


Soliloquy - Long speech given by a character while alone on stage to reveal his or her private thoughts or intentions

Aside - Character’s quiet remark to the audience or another character that no one else on stage is supposed to hear

dramatic irony


Irony—contrast between appearance and reality

Dramatic Irony—the audience or reader knows something the character(s) does not know

act ii vocabulary
Act II Vocabulary

1. cunning - skillful, sly, clever

2. vile - repulsive, wicked, disgusting

3. predominant - having superior strength, influence, or authority

4. unwieldy - hard to manage because of size or weight

5. bounty - generosity, something given generously

6. substantial - existing, real, not imaginary

7. imagery - word pictures, words that paint a picture




Man vs. Man   Example:

Man vs. Nature    Example:

Man vs. Society   Example:


Man vs. himself   Example:

figurative language

Figurative Language

Simile – comparison using “like” or “as”

Her face is like a summer’s day…

Metaphor – comparison by saying one thing is another; finding similarities in two seemingly unalike things

“I am the East, and Juliet is the West…”

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Figurative Language
  • Pun – play on words
    • "Vandals destroyed many road signs. They really pulled out all the stops."
  • Alliteration - group of words that begin with the same letter or sound
    • desiredoth in his deathbed lie


A hint about what is to come in literature or what the outcome of the conflict will be



A character with qualities that are in sharp contrast to another character, thus emphasizing the qualities of each

How is Mercutio a foil to Romeo?

do now

Do Now

Assume that you write an advice column for a newspaper or magazine. A modern day Romeo (or Juliet) writes to you asking for advice. He or she explains what happened at the party and also mentions the family feud.

Write what his or her letter says.

Write your response

journal entry
Journal Entry

Write about a time when you've done something wrong

and it's affected others around you.

  • What did you do?
  • How did it affect others?
  • What consequences did you face?
  • Did you resolve it?